Build Common Ground

mobilsemainIn 2015, before the General Election, Migrants Organise worked with community organisations from across the world – Latin Americans, who felt invisible and underrepresented; Kenyans in West London, anxious about the opportunities for their young people; East and North African women, struggling to empower themselves following domestic violence and isolation; Ukrainians who were trying to support friends and family as conflict unfolded at home; domestic workers who were organising in the few hours they had spare on a Sunday – and many more. These diverse groups had diverse interests. Yet, we brought them together and we found common ground: shared experiences of powerlessness, xenophobia and hostility from the press and government, and tireless, thankless organising within communities. We knew that the 2015 election could change our situation, if we organised together. Some communities – Polish and Latin American – had been registering their members to vote to ensure they were a visible, powerful forces in the election. They taught other groups the lessons they had learnt. Collectively, we registered thousands of people to vote.

We knew that our power as voters was with our MPs. We supported migrant community groups in each constituency to meet, plan and organise together. Migrant groups came around the same table to meet with prospective parliamentary candidates and organise hustings. In meetings, community leaders secured concrete commitments on issues that mattered to their communities, a recognition of their power and relationship with their elected representative. More importantly, they began to understand what connected them to other migrant communities in the same area – sometimes shared challenges around buildings; sometimes shared frustrations about working with the local authority; sometimes shared anxiety about a particular local issue – gang violence, housing, racism. In every area, one issue connected migrant communities and brought each group allies in their struggles. From diverse starting points these groups have gone on to build alliances of strength in their local areas. Now, they act together for change and organise from a position of strength.

Migrants Organise Speaks at Global Immigration Conference

Migrants Organise Speaks at Global Immigration Conference

Dec 20 2017

Last week, Migrants Organise travelled to Phoenix, Arizona, to participate in America’s largest conference on immigration. “Justice For All: The National Immigrant…

Dirty and Degrading: G4S Housing for Asylum-Seekers in Halifax

Dirty and Degrading: G4S Housing for Asylum-Seekers in Halifax

Dec 15 2017

Faulty fridges, broken bed frames, and conked-out cookers. Rats, filthy flooring, and sagging mattresses. Recently, refugees and asylum seekers in Halifax told…

Committed. United. Prepared! The Migrants Organise 2017 Conference

Committed. United. Prepared! The Migrants Organise 2017 Conference

Dec 11 2017

“My four year old daughter was traumatised by our poor quality housing. That’s when I thought that the change starts with me.…

Stitching Solidarity: Migrants Organise Sewing Group finds Success at Christmas Fair

Stitching Solidarity: Migrants Organise Sewing Group finds Success at Christmas Fair

Dec 05 2017

On December 4th, the Migrants Organise sewing group ran a stall at the annual Christmas Fair hosted by London’s Southbank International School.…

Young Artists Raise Awareness of the ‘Hostile Environment’ for Migrants

Young Artists Raise Awareness of the ‘Hostile Environment’ for Migrants

Dec 02 2017

More than 300 people gathered together on the evening of Thursday, November the 30th, at a fundraiser for Migrants Organise and awareness-raising…

Using enforcement agents to recoup migrant NHS debts: an issue for migrants, an issue for us all

Using enforcement agents to recoup migrant NHS debts: an issue for migrants, an issue for us all

Nov 13 2017

Can you imagine a bailiff entering your home and selling your possessions, to pay for essential healthcare services you should never have…

Schooling Support: Inspiring a New Generation of Migrant Advocates

Schooling Support: Inspiring a New Generation of Migrant Advocates

Nov 09 2017

Our Chief Executive, Zrinka Bralo, visited London’s Queens Gate school on Monday 6th November to talk to students about refugees and migrants…

Migrants Organise is Looking for a new organiser

Migrants Organise is Looking for a new organiser

Nov 06 2017

Neighbourhood Organiser in North Kensington Hours of Work: 35 hours per week, with regular evening and weekend working, for which time off…

Challenging the Government’s ‘Hostile Environment’ Online Resource

Challenging the Government’s ‘Hostile Environment’ Online Resource

Sep 25 2017

A minor is denied support at a children’s services department. A heavily pregnant woman avoids seeking healthcare. A rough sleeper asks for…

Mentoring Celebration at the Kew Gardens

Mentoring Celebration at the Kew Gardens

Aug 02 2017

reporting and photos by Azadeh Hosseini On  Wednesday 12th July Kew Gardens welcomed Migrants Organise members and provided us with 28 free tickets. We…